Harrogate Railway coach needs tougher players for league lumpers

Sam Dobbs dives but cannot save 'Railway from conceding a late winner to Mossley
Sam Dobbs dives but cannot save 'Railway from conceding a late winner to Mossley

Harrogate Railway boss Billy Miller says his squad need to muscle up to beat the league’s bruisers next year.

‘Rail surrendered a point last weekend as play-off chasing Mossley stole a 1-0 win at Station View.

But Miller’s men have the perfect chance of redemption this Saturday when they travel to the same side for their last Evo-Stik First Division North match of the season.

Miller said Saturday’s defeat epitomised his side’s struggles against the division’s physical teams.

“Teams that want to play football we are good against,” he said.

“It is when teams come and are aggressive and play front to back quickly that we struggle.

“Against Mossley we were great but you could see as it went on they played the ball forward as much as possible.

“We might look at a hard working midfielder or an aggressive centre half for next season.”

The gaffer admitted the goal on Saturday came as a sucker punch in the 95th minute.

But Miller remains happy with how his squad has performed despite the season ending slip in form.

He said: “We have achieved what we set out to achieve. We always knew it was going to be hard.

“The players aren’t just going through the motions but there hasn’t been that edge. We have an another opportunity this weekend to give a good account of ourselves. The last thing we are going to do is stop playing.”